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Find out about events and updates related to work that physicists are doing to advance systemic change at their institutions and in the sciences.
APS-IDEA is a network of scientists, students, faculty, and researchers implementing research-based transformational methods to drive cultural change and center people with marginalized identities in their academic departments and laboratories.
APS supports these teams of physicists through shared communities, online resources, and facilitation assistance to accelerate results. However, with a grassroots model, APS-IDEA teams share leadership across all levels, from students up to faculty.
Applications to join the APS-IDEA network will open in the future.
The mission of APS-IDEA is to empower and support physics departments, laboratories, and other organizations to identify and enact strategies for improving equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). It will do so by establishing a community of transformation.
Our vision is that as a result of collective efforts, physics and related fields will become more inclusive of all social identities, with a diversity reflective of the nation, and with an equitable distribution of opportunities and resources.
To achieve this mission and vision, APS-IDEA adheres to the guiding principles of:
APS-IDEA networks enacts these guiding principles by:
At its core, APS-IDEA seeks to empower teams of physicists at all career stages and build their capacity to transform the culture of physics within their organizations and ultimately across the entire profession, through advancing justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) in their places of work and study. Teams are highly engaged and drive cultural change to improve JEDI in their departments.
To support teams in successfully enacting sustainable change in their departments, APS lays out the following team characteristics and examples of APS values in action:
When APS-IDEA team members internalize and act upon the guiding principles, they:
A team that is in a strong position to advance JEDI:
Successful teams do not work in isolation and have a vast array of resources to draw from as they undertake JEDI work. To build connects and resources, a team:
If you have any questions, please contact APS-IDEA.
APS-IDEA events are an opportunity to connect with other physicists advancing EDI.
APS is grateful to the individuals supporting the structure and organization of the IDEA initiative.